Home loan interest rates now hitting 9% – time to switch?

Key facts

  • Seven lenders in Mozo's database now have standard variable rates (SVRs) higher than 9%.
  • Switching from a 9% to 6% home loan could save you hundreds a month. 
Home loan interest rates rise like a piggy bank on an arrow.

Home loan pain is reaching a fever pitch following the November RBA rate hike. Out of all the mortgage lenders that have increased their interest rates, Mozo has recorded 7 in our database whose standard variable rates (SVRs) are now over 9%. The rest mostly sit between 6% and 8%.

While this certainly isn’t historically the highest home loan interest rates have ever been – the eighties notoriously recorded interest rates over 12% – it’s still a new high for the post-pandemic housing recovery. 

It’s important to note that SVRs are not always the same as the variable rates offered to different types of customers. First home buyers or buyers with loan-to-value ratios (LVRs) under 80% may receive lower rates than the SVR. The SVR is just a baseline rate used by the lender to set their basic home loan offer.

That being said, the SVR can be a critical bellwether of which way the market swings, and customers who are on SVRs higher than 8% or 9% could easily get into trouble if they can’t stay on top of their monthly repayments.

For the same owner-occupied home loan with a $500,000 principal and 25 year term, refinancing from a 9% interest rate to something closer to the current average in Mozo’s database (6.80% p.a.) could save borrowers $726 per month in payments. Dropping to the lowest rate of 5.59% saves $1,099 monthly.

Interest Rate
Monthly Repayments
Total Interest
5.59% p.a.
$3,097
$429,211
6.00% p.a.
$3,222
$466,452
6.80% p.a.
$3,470
$541,108
7.00% p.a.
$3,534
$560,169
8.00% p.a.
$3,859
$657,724
9.00% p.a.
$4,196
$758,795

SVRs this high also have implications for the serviceability buffer test. When lenders assess home loan applications, they add 3% to the interest rate applied for to see if the borrower can still make repayments at that high bracket. If they can’t, their home loan application may be rejected. You might be able to afford an 8% or 9% home loan, but can you afford an 11% or 12% one?

Can borrowers still save money on high interest rates?

Sitting idly on a rate that just climbs erodes the value of your home loan. While mortgages will always be a significant investment, it’s important that your loan still gives you the interest-saving features, knowledge, and benefits that serve your property goals – not just squeezes your wallet. 

Knowledge is power, however. Plenty of home loans still fall under 6% – the lowest variable interest rate in Mozo’s database at the time of writing is 5.59% p.a. For those staving off mortgage stress, comparing home loans remains the best tool in a borrower's money-saving kit. 

Stay on top of RBA rate changes with the Mozo RBA tracker. For more home loan statistics, head to our hub. Compare low rate home loans in the table below.

Compare low rate home loans - last updated 25 February 2024

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* WARNING: This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. The comparison rate displayed is for a secured loan with monthly principal and interest repayments for $150,000 over 25 years.

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